Maribyrnong City Council supports the development of leadership skills and opportunities for leaders across our municipality. Supporting active development uncovers future leaders, and builds strong, healthy and resilient communities.

Maribyrnong Community Leaders network

The network supports our community leaders to participate in ongoing relationship building, training opportunities and sharing of ideas among like-minded community members. The network meets quarterly and is an extension to our formal leadership program. Network meetings include informal activities, workshops and guest speakers (local and international). All local residents who identify as a Community Leader are welcome to attend.

For further information about upcoming sessions please contact us

Multicultural Leadership Course

Maidstone Community Centre

Participate in interactive learning activities such as small group discussions and role plays. Course links to voluntary and paid employment in the social sector such as community service work. Duration 36 hrs.  7 August — 2 October 4 to 8pm

Community Leadership Programs

For the past three years Council has run annual leadership programs as an important way of building the capacity of our community. Three programs have resulted in 48 community leader graduates.

Growing our community

Held in 2017, this 12-week accredited leadership program had an environment and sustainability theme. The aim of the program was to support local environment groups, including “Friends of” groups and community gardens, to increase their capacity to better respond to environmental issues and challenges. 

Following the program a Pitch for Funds process offered the graduates seed funding to deliver their own initiatives. Their projects included:

  • Environmental education, habitat creation, reuse and recycle, cycle mapping and community gardens
  • 76 volunteers
  • Over 700 participants
  • More than 1000 volunteers hours

The program was funded by the Myer Foundation.

Previous programs

Braybrook on Board

In 2015 and 2016 the Braybrook on Board leadership program offered a place-based approach encouraging local residents to become actively involved in community life and decision-making processes.

Participants developed and delivered community projects such as community welcoming events, health and fitness programs, employment and enterprise initiatives, programs for families and children, and projects to improve neighbourhood amenity and champion gender equity.


  • 28 community members graduated from Braybrook on Board, with six participants undertaking further education at university, TAFE or VET
  • 21 community projects involving 82 volunteers have been delivered, reaching more than 1,500 community members.

The impact of the program on the participants and the community has been profound. Graduates say the experience has enabled and supported their leadership aspirations and given them the confidence, skills, networks and partnerships to affect positive change in their community.

Hear how the program has impacted on the lives of participants and the broader community:

Stories to inspire

These stories follow some of our inspiring leaders from the Braybrook on Board program in 2015 and 2016:

Perspectives on leadership

We asked female leaders and two young women about their views and experiences of leadership. Listen to their stories: